Liz Gannes

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StarMaker Gets $4M for Karaoke Apps

StarMaker Interactive, which makes pitch-correcting karaoke apps under its own brand, as well as an app for the hit NBC singing competition “The Voice,” has raised $4 million from Qualcomm Ventures and iGlobe Partners. The company, which has been around for three years, said it has logged two billion minutes of singing so far. It just recently launched on Android.


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Just as the atom bomb was the weapon that was supposed to render war obsolete, the Internet seems like capitalism’s ultimate feat of self-destructive genius, an economic doomsday device rendering it impossible for anyone to ever make a profit off anything again. It’s especially hopeless for those whose work is easily digitized and accessed free of charge.

— Author Tim Kreider on not getting paid for one’s work